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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Aug 18, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Missing 1969 Shows

I noticed the 2/19/69 show on the list and thought I would share this interesting Rolling Stone article about the show from the 4/5/69 RS. Sounds like it was a great gig. This is a fun read.

It was a "Frontiers of Science Celestial Synapse."

A what? What's Frontiers of Science? What's a synapse, and what's the Grateful Dead's name doing among the lines of medieval Irish script, the kind preferred for church bulletins?

The answer to the questions raised by the classy printed invitations was unquestionably the best musical gathering in months. Fifteen hundred invitations were sent out for the February 19 event, and though there was no other announcement, probably double that number attended. Everyone was treated to the best vibrations and some of the best music the Fillmore West had seen in some time.

After a stirring oboe and bagpipe introduction by the Golden Toad, Don Hamrick of Frontiers of Science spoke for a few minutes in a gentle rural accent, addressing the crowd as "the Goodly Company." "It is our hope," he said, "that this evening there will be an opening and a free interchange, so that something new may emerge. Let the barriers fall, let there be a merging."

Then the Grateful Dead began a set that ran for four hours or so with scarcely an interruption. "I haven't seen anything like this in years -- it's like one of the old Ken Kesey Acid Tests," said Bob Thomas, piper of the Toad and, like the Dead, veteran of many an Acid Test, "-- only it's less hectic and confused. It's fucking amazing." People were handing each other flowers, joints, funny incomprehensible little picket signs four inches high.

The Dead played continuously, a flowing improvisatory set of new material. (Originally the concert was to be recorded for inclusion on the next Dead album, but last-minute difficulties in setting up the recording equipment scotched that.) Three light shows were playing, at no charge to the sponsors. The Grateful Dead and Bill Graham donated their services for free.

Invitations had gone out to people in music and a broad range of psychedelic tribes -- from Rancho Olompali and other communes to the Hells Angels. Many Frontiers of Science people and other communards could be seen embracing each other, greeting strangers, dancing and celebrating.

Toward two in the morning there were a number of stoned occurrences. People began taking off their clothes. Don McCoy of Olompali got up on the stage stark naked, against a tableau of Bill Graham restraining the rent-a-cops from pulling him down.

The organizing body was Frontiers of Science, headquartered at Harbinger, a former hotsprings resort 100 miles north of San Francisco. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization a year ago, FOS grew up around Don Hamrick, a 33-year-old alumnus of both a Church of Christ seminary (he has since been excommunicated for his radical mystical views) and research physics. Around two years ago Hamrick started speaking of a religious calling to establish order and unity on earth and to connect the physical and metaphysical aspects of science.

It has to do with the crystal at the center of the living Earth, which is affected by human vibrations and which may either change shape (a creative change) or change size (a destructive change, since it would cause earthquakes). The idea is to send down good vibrations to change the shape of that crystal, and the Celestial Synapse may very well have done just that.

"Synapse" is the term used by the people around Hamrick for a mass meeting of minds, parallel to the linking-up of brain cells that makes thought possible, called a synapse in psychology. The Celestial Synapse was the beginning of a five-day Frontiers of Science conference, which included a Congress of Concerned Educators at the College of Marin and a two-day gathering of about 400 people at Harbinger.

[From Issue 30 — April 5, 1969]


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Poster: skies Date: Aug 18, 2009 9:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Missing 1969 Shows

I took at least a hundred baths in Harbin Hots Springs and learned there about macrobiotic foods .Such a good place to be ,but didn't it become more commercial in the 9O's ?

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Poster: missions Date: Mar 22, 2010 10:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Missing 1969 Shows

I lived at Harbinger when Frontiers of science was there. A very interesting period of time. It would be nice to connect with some former residents.( Don Hamrick founder of Frontiers of Science)

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Poster: Harbinger Revisited Date: Apr 30, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Harbinger Revisited

Wow, how cool to find this forum!
About two weeks ago, I began hosting a group at facebook called:
Harbinger Revisited (1967 - 1969)
It is for Harbinger participants,
and for people who weren't there,
serious seekers who want to know what the principles were,
what the life-style research was about,
what Don Hamrick was trying to accomplish.
This is a repository of photographs and captions,
and numerous discussions about a variety of topics.

I know a lot of people were into drugs,
and may have misunderstod much or most of what was going on.
And it ended tragically.

We've just gotten started. Please come join us!

And though some explanation is probably required,
here is a wonderful website for your purusal.
Everything is free (books, writings, artwork, photos, etc.):

http://ecophysics.org
ECOphysics: The Structure and The Dynamics of Oneness

and

here's a weekly webcast, every Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST:

www.blogtalkradio.com
ANACLYSM Radio Program
(just type 'Anaclysm' in the search box)

I'm thrilled to have found you,
and it sounds like some of you are trying to connect with us.

Jennifer harbingerrevisited@rogers.com


This post was modified by Harbinger Revisited on 2010-04-30 17:29:16

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Poster: JaredHoke Date: Jan 29, 2011 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Harbinger Revisited

I was a student at College of Marin in October 1968 when Don Hamrick came to speak at one of my classes. He made a powerful impression. I gathered a few artifacts of this encounter, and seriously considered "dropping out" to Harbinger University. My path led elsewhere, but I have not forgotten. How interesting that this comes back into my foreground now. I don't know what to make of that, but am in contact with Don thru his wife Jennifer, and will try to remain open to what might happen next. A small ripple on the far out edge of today's electronic GLARE. Anyone else still out there?

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Poster: Harbinger Revisited Date: Apr 30, 2010 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Harbin today; Harbinger Revisited at facebook

Wow, how cool to find this forum!

Harbin Hot Springs is commercial now,
but I hear it is a wonderful facility.
There is a website, just type in those three words.
We have one friend who studied Watsu,
a water massage technique that was pioneered at Harbinger
(that incorporated Trager techniques).

Some of the people from Harbinger still go to Harbin to visit.
A screenplay writer for Paramount Pictures actually met
a number of Harbingerites at Harbin Hot Springs, back in 1995 or '96.
He wanted to write a script and have a movie made about Don Hamrick's life.
He managed to spend 5 days with Don, (summer '96),
all the sessions were tape recorded,
but eventually the unreasonable contract was rejected.

About two weeks ago, I started a group at facebook called:
Harbinger Revisited (1967 - 1969)
It is for Harbinger participants,
and for people who weren't there,
serious seekers who want to know what the principles were,
what the life-style research was about,
what Don Hamrick was trying to accomplish.
This is a repository of photographs and captions,
and numerous discussions about a variety of topics.

I know a lot of people were into drugs,
and may have misunderstod much or most of what was going on.
And Harbinger ended tragically.

I'm thrilled to have found you,
and it sounds like some of you are trying to connect with us.

Jennifer . . . . harbingerrevisited@rogers.com

This post was modified by Harbinger Revisited on 2010-04-30 17:23:26

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 18, 2009 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Missing 1969 Shows

This description reminds me of the first Forumite Party!

Whenever it happens of course.